Yes, it’s time to start taking responsibility for your own odoriferous emissions and stop blaming the dog! But if it really is the dog who frequently clears the room, it’s time to play detective and get to the, bottom of the issue. Your dog’s gas may be much more than just unpleasant aromatherapy.
First the obvious question: What causes gas in dogs? Unfortunately, there’s not one simple answer – the reason can range from bad food to parasites to illness. To get to the cause of your furry friend’s particular problem, you first need to look at the whole animal. Is the dog healthy and in really good condition other than having gas? Be honest with yourself and your dog. If your dog is not in good health, then perhaps a trip to your favorite veterinarian (preferably one who practices alternative medicine and promotes a species-appropriate diet) is in order.
Garbage In = Garbage Out
If your dog is in good health, other than occasionally passing gas, then it may be time to try a few simple natural remedies.
The most important factor is food and this includes your dog’s regular diet and any treats he receives. You may not realize that your dog’s food could be of poor quality. We’ve probably all heard the expression “Garbage in = Garbage out” and it applies to your canine friend as well as yourself. Play detective and be your dog’s advocate. Find out all you can about the quality of the food your dog eats. If you purchase it premade, any reputable company should be happy to provide you with answers to all your questions. If they don’t, it may be a good indicator to look for a new food.
Even if the quality of the food is great, is it species appropriate?
If your dog’s diet contains any ingredients that interfere with normal digestion, they may experience stomach problems, including gas.
What ingredients can interfere with normal digestion?
It’s a simple answer usually – food that doesn’t fit your dog’s physiology and digestive design. A few examples could be; legumes, grains and other carbs, yeast, fiber, some fruits and veggies, and dairy. The more you learn about the canine digestive system, the better you will be able to feed your dog and the healthier your dog will be.
And don’t forget to scrutinize any treats that are given!
From my experience as a canine nutritionist over the last few decades, I find that a species appropriate diet of fresh raw food creates the healthiest dogs I’ve ever seen. I’ve even seen it work wonders on dogs who already have digestive issues. Real species appropriate food is easy for dogs to digest and utilize. It’s as if their digestive system says “Hello! I recognize and know just what to do with you!” I’ve fed my own Newfoundland dogs this way for about 30 years now and don’t have any problems with gas (good thing too with a dog the size of a Newf – we’d blow out the windows!).
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There are many places to learn how to prepare a good species appropriate meal for your dog and it’s so easy to do. This magazine is a great source of information. I also happen to be partial to a particular easy-to-read-and-do book by a gal named Kymythy R Schultze titled “Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats” as it explains exactly how to go about doing it correctly. Even if you’re not willing to prepare your dog’s meals, you should definitely focus on learning more about species appropriate food so you can decipher the labels of prepared products.
Just In Case …
Some dogs, even on a good diet, will occasionally get into something they shouldn’t, eat too much of the good stuff, or occasionally do some booty tooting for no apparent reason. Here are few natural remedies to try:
- Peppermint – smash or tear up a couple of leaves of this herb into their food or pour the tea over food.
- Ginger – it’s pretty intense stuff so is best given it in capsule form. It’s good for motion sickness too.
- Seacure – I don’t usually recommend brand names, but this form of predigested protein can be helpful for dogs with IBD, IBS, or malabsorbtion and digestive issues.
- Nux Vomica – this is a homeopathic remedy and should be given away from food.
- Digestive Enzymes – these help to break down undigested food.
- Probiotics – which are the flora found in the digestive system. These bacterial “good guys” help knock out the “bad guys”. Look for the non-dairy, no-yeast variety.
- Charcoal – given in capsule form is useful if your dog has gotten into something really nasty as charcoal will help bind with the substance and escort it from the body (give charcoal away from food). 8. Massage – relax your dog onto his back and gently massage the midline of the stomach, and yes, it probably does help to speak calmly and tell him what a poor stinky baby he is!
Don’t try all of the above at the same time or you’ll never know which worked best. But do try them, as they’re all gentle and effective ways to allow your farting furry friend back into the fold!